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Friday, September 30, 2016

2016 BET AWARDS nominations: Drake leads with 14 BET HIP HOP AWARD NOMINATIONS

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New York, NY – August 18, 2016 – For a third year in a row, Drake dominates the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016 with 14 impressive nominations for ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)’ and as a featured artist in the ‘Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse’, ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘Track of the Year,’ ‘People’s Champ Award,’ and 3 nods for ‘Best Collabo, Duo or Group.’ The BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016 will be taped on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at its new venue, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Future scores the second-most nominations with 10 nods, including ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style),’ ‘Best Mixtape,’ and ‘Best Collabo, Duo, or Group.’ DJ Khaled follows closely with 9 nominations, including ‘DJ of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Track of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘People’s Champ Award,’ and two nods for ‘Best Collabo, Duo or Group;’ and Kanye West grabs 8 nods for ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘Video Director of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ and ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)’ at the  BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016. Additionally, ‘Best New Hip-Hop Artist’ Award includes newcomers Chance the Rapper, Desiigner, Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez and Anderson .Paak.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment will serve as Executive Producer of the BET Hip Hop Awards along with Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials.

See below for the complete list of BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” ’16 Official Nominees:

Best Hip-Hop Video
2 Chainz - Watch Out
Desiigner - Panda
DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future - I Got the Keys
Drake - Hotline Bling
Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared - All the Way Up
Kanye West F/ Rihanna - Famous

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
DJ Khaled F/ Drake - For Free
DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future - I Got the Keys
Drake & Future - Jumpman
Drake F/ Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance
Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared - All the Way Up

Best Live Performer
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Lyricist of the Year
Chance the Rapper
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Colin Tilley
Director X
Hype Williams
Kanye West

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard
Dr. Dre
Metro Boomin
Mike WiLL Made-It
Pharrell Williams

MVP of the Year
DJ Khaled
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year
All the Way Up - Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared)
Controlla - Produced By BOI-1DA (Drake)
Hotline Bling - Produced By Nineteen85 (Drake)
I Got the Keys - Produced By Southside (DJ Khaled F/ Jay Z & Future)
Panda - Produced By Menace (Desiigner

Album of the Year
DJ Khaled - I Changed A Lot
Dr. Dre - Compton
Drake - Views
Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap
Future -DS2
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

Best New Hip-Hop Artist
Anderson .Paak
Bryson Tiller
Chance the Rapper
Tory Lanez

Hustler of the Year
DJ Khaled
Jay Z
Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
A$AP Rocky
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site/App

Best Mixtape
Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
French Montana - Wave Gods (Hosted By Max B)
Future - Purple Reign
Lil Uzi Vert - Lil Uzi Vert VS. The World
Young Thug - Slime Season 3

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
2 Chainz - No Problem (Chance the Rapper F/ Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
Drake - Work (Rihanna F/ Drake)
Kendrick Lamar - Freedom (Beyoncé F/ Kendrick Lamar)
Kodak Black - Lockjaw (French Montana F/ Kodak Black)
Nicki Minaj - Down In the DM - Remix (Yo Gotti F/ Nicki Minaj)

Impact Track
J. Cole - Love Yourz
Jay Z - Spiritual
Jidenna - Long Live The Chief
Raury F/ Key - Trap Tears
Sir The Baptist F/ ChuchPeople - Raise Hell

People’s Champ Award
Desiigner - Panda
DJ Khaled F/ Drake - For Free
Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared - All the Way Up
O.T. Genasis F/ Young Dolph - Cut It
Travis Scott - Antidote
Young Thug - Best Friend

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Meet Panamanian born Christian rapper and activist, Ga'briel

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Ga'briel Carter's Faith Driven Messages 
Meet Street Beats & Urban Advocacy

In an age that begs for positive and lyrically uplifting music, few think to look to the rap genre anymore. Once a medium that expressed the challenges and triumphs of urban life, it went from reflecting progressive movements to stereotyping them. Is there still a need for positive rap music? In answer to the question; rapper, drummer, and songwriter, Ga'briel Carter releases music to prove there is still some higher ground to climb.

Yet in a sea of hip-hop, and even with the growing presence of Christian emcees, Carter doesn't push an average rapper's agenda-one set on fame or blinged out success. Instead, the young musician uses all of his musical talents as a tool to reach the masses-particularly the youth-with a push toward better days. By using the internet to distribute his music around the world, Carter states his goals, "I want to keep bringing positive influences to people who still want good beats, but also lyrics that say life can be better and faith is valuable." His independent releases are coupled with increasing social media campaigns, using them as the launchpad for not just his music but for youth advocacy, and promoting his newly forming nonprofit startup, Drumchop, Inc..

From 2011-2012, as a youth counselor he worked with the Tree Theatre Company in Montgomery, Alabama giving music lessons, mentoring, and hosting drum offs with up to five drummers playing in sync. Now, after having taught and mentored students for over ten years, the percussion prodigy has grown to share his gifts and advocacy in churches, schools, and youth groups in cities throughout the country with Drumchop. As a means to release (through the drumming focus called 'chopping') tensions in the community, and promote anger management and aggression diversion in youth; his workshops and performances take his fiery delivery and energetic drumming into real purpose. Youth are gaining a newfound means of directing their own fire and developing a love of music as something positive and constructive. By culminating his workshops in a group drum-off and offering youth who complete the course a chance to perform live with his band, he introduces them to receptive audiences for the first time. With his methods, he pushes the music, and the people needing it to heal by it, a little higher.

"Life has gotten really challenging and lives are constantly on the line. Tempers are like tripwires and so people need a release-especially kids. That rage has to go somewhere, what better way than through chopping?" says Carter about how he utilizes this drummer's term.

Ga'briel Carter was born in the country of Panama where his Airman father was stationed for several years. His skills as a drummer in churches and at regional events was recognized and cultivated from the age of 4. His family returned to the states, first to Arizona, followed by a move to Montgomery, Alabama and before entering high school he began exploring rap and Hip Hop. By the time he was fifteen, he had gained popularity as one-half of the duo, "S.W.A.T. Team" with his brother, Stephen Carter (now a photo journalist/editor for CBC News). He found doors opening to perform both as a rapper and as a highly sought after drummer touring in multiple cities across the U.S..
Once he went solo, Carter met up with Rod Jackson who spotted him after he won a talent show and offered to produce his music videos. He has also generated the attention of producers such as Lindz Prag, and Bao Pham (who has produced songs for artists such as T.I. and others). His music and the accompanying music videos, like for "See What I Been Thru," join regional tours and other singles from his digitally released LP "On My Own," and altogether show audiences the pure evolution of a spirited performing artist. His videos offer a mini-movie theme with motivating beats and rhymes that underscore a message of striving against the odds. With the heart and soul (and occasional hooks) of a gospel singer, yet using the flow and spit skills of a master rhymer, Carter delivers on all of his other hot releases, such the single "On My Own EDM Remix" featuring Brittany Friday (Produced by Linz Prag). Recent media press show that his sounds are being heard not just in the gospel/Christian rap genre context, but for its overall merit as a contribution to hip-hop: 
Says Carter, "I've been exploring new styles as I write new music, especially my hooks. You can say I've been stretching my vocal chords a little. My outlet or my therapy is partly being on stage and sharing a part of me to my audience. So I desired to give people, especially the kids, a chance to have a release method, and share a part of themselves through music too."

With a fast-growing fan base, he and his Glory Bangers crew gather in many of his videos to tell a story that any music lover wants to hear-that life is possible no matter what you've been through. Carter's audience has kept growing since the release of compilations such as "I'm Free" and his videos and music are now available on all social media platforms including:
YouTube, soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/gabriel-miguel-carter), FB Fan Page: (http://bit.ly/gabrielfan), Instagram (gabrielcartermusic) & Twitter (Mrmiguel3).

After a summer taping for a future TBN produced program, he will appear this fall on October 8, 2016 at the Meaningful Music Showcase in Atlanta, Ga and on October 26, 2016 at the Student Rally for Trenholm State University, with more live performance scheduled throughout the remainder of the year. There are also more singles planned for release after his latest drop of "Fly High" on ITunes {https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/fly-high-single/id1150586175?mt=1&app=iTunes} and listeners can anticipate additional music videos as well. As Ga'briel Carter flies onward, he makes sure his audience stays not just entertained, but motivated toward higher ground as well.

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Donnie McClurkin exrcises grace over 'Empire' taunts but ratings continue to fall in new season

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By Mona Austin

With fall premieres rolling in, Empire Season 3 is in full effect. The program that focuses on a family's entertainment dynasty was the number broadcast on it premiere night.  However, the ratings were down in episodes 1 and 2 in comparison to year's past.   Is the Lyons family losing their "roar"?

In case you missd it, in season 2 a scene involving a taunt against  gospel artist Donnie McClurkin may have contributed to the ratings struggle last year.  Are the 3 million viewers who mysteriously vanished last year done with the show?  Here's what happened. . .

Multiple Grammy winning gospel artist Donnie McClurkin has taken the high road in response to gay innuendo in the season 2 premiere episode of "Empire," and the FOX Network's most popular show appears to have taken a steady dive in ratings.
During a cameo appearance in the season opener 16 million viewers (Nielsen) locked eyes on "Miss Lawrence," an out Atlanta hairstylist and co-star of Bravo's "Fashion Queens, as he took a subtle jab at McClurkin about being gay with a reference to McClurkins popular song, "We Fall Down."

In an exchange with the character Becky (played by Gabby Sidibe) Lawrence mentioned McClurkin would be attending an upcoming GLAAD Awards Show as quoted verbatim below:

Miss Lawrence: It’ll be fun. Becky darling, Donnie McClurkin will be there.
Becky: Donnie McClurkin! I love him!
Miss Lawrence: Do you?
Becky: We fall down, but we get up! Don’t we?
Miss Lawrence: Won’t he will?
Becky: Will he won’t?

The characters thought joking about the singer was cute.  Viewers didn't.  By the second episode, the viewership dropped to 13.7 million.

Empire was the FOX network's ratings humdinger until gay openly EP Lee Danielle's allowed the underhanded swipe at McClurking's sexual preference into the script.

For years McClurkin has denounced homosexuality.  He has addressed homosexuality in the Black Church, saying he was delivered from it, essentially teaching the message in the song, "We fall down, but we get up, for a saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up. You can get back up again." McClurkin opened up about his past in the book well over a decade ago. Sharing his testimony has not come without reproach. The singer has come under fire for expressing his Biblical worldview of homosexuality at campaign events, at conferences and was once disinvited to perform at a DC event for his conservative stance on the issue. Various organizations and gay rights groups have vilified the pastor for his restorative message.

McClurkin has also been vocal about the supreme court decision to lift the ban on gay marriage, expressing opposition to the decision on Facebook: “We’ve just received the answer from man’s Supreme Court … we already received the answer from GOD,” the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in New York wrote. “With NO REGARD to what the Supreme Court of MAN decrees … no matter what MY past was or feelings & struggles … GOD has set the only standard for marriage to be between man and woman … in biology, in physiology, in history, biblically & scripturally and that … I will NEVER speak against!”
McClurkin's publicist characterized the attack as a new form of bullying.

The 55 year old, pastor of Perfecting Church in Freeport, NY and radio show host responded by asking his followers to show love towards gay "Empire" creator, Lee Daniels in the following statement:

“It was brought to my attention via social media that my name was included in a “back-handed” manner during a scene in the FOX show, Empire. What might have been meant for evil, God uses for good! Despite the scripting used by @leedanielsent it has helped bring attention to the gospel of Jesus Christ that I sing and preach, an empowering moment! To my brothers and sisters, thank you for your support, encouragement & love! No negativity towards @leedanielsent let’s show the love of Jesus,” says McClurkin.

In the week following the premiere the show's ratings dropped 19 percent. Now that Empire's ratings have fallen down will they get back up again? The specific reason the interest in the show was waning is hard to pinpoint, but according to Hip Hop
s 50 Cent, viewers are inundated with gays and celebs. “We could not take the extra gay stuff or celebrity stuff last night!!!!”

September 28, 2015

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THIS ONE IS PERSONAL: Gospel's Lecresia Campbell has died

By Mona Austin

As Gospel Music Heritage Month nears its close, I was working on completing a post about an artist who I feel embodies the "total package" and a stand out female vocalist. I'd selected Lecresia Campbell as the latter.   Unfortunately, today I learned of the passing of Ms. Campbell.  She was a gift to the Body of Christ whose name may only be recognized by gospel music enthusiasts.  She was well respected, but under recognized as gospel music became more commercialized.  Out of respect, honor and sincere sadness, I will dedicate this final post of GMH Month in her memory.

This loss is personal.  About a week before reports of her illness, Campbell crossed my mind.  As a classically inclined singer, everything about her voice inspired me.  I went to YouTube and played several of her songs back-to-back to pick up some tips and because I'd simply missed hearing her angelic voice. I never really knew what to do with my voice in the space of the gospel industry other than sing Negro Spirituals.  Spirituals performed on special occasions or in theatrical productions were a safe space for Black vocalists possessing an operatic tone. That is, of course, unless your first name was "Lecresia" and last name "Campbell." Her style was widely embraced. Campbell was doing what I'd only dreamt of doing - making a very formal vocal presentation acceptable to the church masses by pouring soulful innuendo on top of phrases.

On the day I revisited her song catalog, another quality of her music kept me engaged -- her ability to "minister" the song.   I came to hear music.  I stayed to experience ministry.  The comfort in Ms. Campbell's voice led me to a peaceful place as I listened to her rendering of "I'm In His Safety."

Within that week I learned from a Facebook post the Campbell had suffered a stroke. She apparently underwent a subsequent surgery that was successful and was scheduled to be released form the hospital tomorrow, Sept. 30.  Fans were hopeful for a full recovery as Campbell posted a message on Facebook on September 7 saying she would be responding the messages.  As reported by ALWAYSALIST.COM, Campbell sadly  died today of a pulmonary embolism.

In the clip above Campbell's glorious soprano is on full display.   Thank you for so freely giving your gift.  May heaven be enlarged with your presence as you forever dwell in His safety, Lecresia Campbell.  RIP.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

HBO picks up Issa Rae comedy, 'Insecure'

HBO has picked up the web series produced by Issa Rae, "Insecure."  The debut scheduled for October 9, but the first episode is available for viewing now at HBOGO.COM. 

Starring Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, INSECURE launches its eight-episode season SUNDAY, OCTOBER 09 (10:30-11:00 p.m.), exclusively on HBO. The comedy series follows the friendship of two black millennial women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.

Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore; executive produced by Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry. Larry Wilmore serves as a consultant.

— Episode #1: “Insecure as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 09 at 10:30pm

In the wake of her 29th birthday, Issa Dee (Issa Rae) reconsiders her dead-end relationship with Lawrence (Jay Ellis), her live-in boyfriend. Meanwhile, Issa’s best friend, Molly (Yvonne Orji), mourns her singledom and the state of her “lady parts.” Later, Issa uses an open-mic night as an excuse to reconnect with an ex. Written by Issa Rae & Larry Wilmore; directed by Melina Matsoukas. Other HBO playdates: 10.09 at 12:30am & 3:30am, 10.11 at midnight, 10.12 at 3:05am, 10.13 at 10:45pm and 10.15 at 10:05pm & 2:20am

— Episode #2: “Messy as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 at 10:30pm

After the unexpected events of the previous night, Issa (Issa Rae) tries to decide what to do about Lawrence (Jay Ellis), while sticking to her plan to embrace a bolder side of herself. Molly (Yvonne Orji) treats herself to a “fancy day” and goes on a promising date. Lawrence gets advice from an unexpected source. Written by Issa Rae; directed by Cecile Emeke. Other HBO playdates: 10.16 at 12:30am & 3:30am, 10.17 at 12:45am, 10.18 at 11:45pm, 10.20 at 10:30pm, 10.21 at 3:15am and 10.22 at 4:00am.


— Episode #3: “Racist as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 10:30pm

Issa (Issa Rae) and Lawrence (Jay Ellis) try to move past their issues at home, as she deals with her colleagues’ doubts and he gets a reality check from a head hunter. Molly (Yvonne Orji) introduces Jared (Langston Kerman) to her friends, and later struggles to give words of wisdom to a new summer associate at work. Written by Dayna Lynne North; directed by Melina Matsoukas. Other HBO playdates10.23 at 12:30am & 3:30am, 10.25 at 11:00pm, 10.27 at 10:45pm and 10.29 at 12:40am.  

— Episode #4: “Thirsty as F**k”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 10:30pm

Although things are better than ever with Lawrence (Jay Ellis), Issa (Issa Rae) turns to Daniel (Y’lan Noel) for help during Career Day. Molly (Yvonne Orji) finds herself in a tough position when a partner asks her to give Rasheeda (Gail Bean) a talking-to. Facing disappointment at his new job, Lawrence bonds with a surprising confidante. Written by Laura Kittrell; directed by Kevin Bray. Other HBO playdates: 10.30 at 12:30am & 3:30am and into November.
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Nashville, TN (September 28, 2016) - Derek Minor teams with BJ the Chicago Kid for “Until I’m Gone,” the third single from Minor’s sixth album, Reflection, out on Minor’s Reflection Music Group/eOne Music on October 14, and now available for pre-order on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. The music video premieres Wednesday on BILLBOARD.
On the song, Derek Minor raps about remembering his roots and being thankful for his success. He rhymes, “This for my people that struggle to pay off they light bill / In they heart man they wonder if Christ real / Or the next meal / I can tell you how that life feel.” BJ the Chicago Kid lends his infectious soulful voice on the chorus.
The clip directed by Will Thomas features throwback video of Minor rapping when he was a young teen, as well as new footage filmed in New York and Tennessee. “We wanted to convey that down to earth feeling,” Minor says. “No matter how high I go, I got to stay grounded. We shot some scenes where I grew up in Tennessee. I wanted it to be a family affair with people I grew up with.”
Minor has been a fan of BJ the Chicago Kid since he saw the talented singer performing on BET’s Music Matters stage. “He’s been the soul voice of our generation,” Minor says. “He’s so versatile. Plus, he’s just a cool cat. I love that about him.”
The “Until I’m Gone” audio recently premiered on RESPECT. “Until I’m Gone” follows the new digital single "Look at Me Now," available on iTunes, and “You Know It,” the album’s first single and video. The video premiered on HipHopDX.
Minor’s last two albums, 2015’s Empire and 2013’s Minorville, reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart.
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Grammys names Tom Petty 2017 Person of the Year

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Annual Gala Benefiting the MusiCares Foundation® and its Vital Safety Net of Health and Human Services Programs for Music People will be held During GRAMMY® Week
on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares® Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation® and The Recording Academy®, and Alexandra Patsavas, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the 27th annual benefit gala dinner and concert—to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY® Week two nights prior to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®—will provide essential support for MusiCares (www.musicares.org), which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.

A three-time GRAMMY winner, Petty is being honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists' rights, and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll.

"Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go," said Portnow. "His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees, and the musical community around this special event."

"I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry," said Petty. "I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor."

Petty formed his first bands in Gainesville, Fla. As a college town in the '60s, Gainesville brought with it fraternity parties, rock and roll clubs, AM radios playing the Beatles and James Brown, and a music store where you could buy equipment on credit. Forty years after releasing his first album, Petty is widely recognized as a man for whom those things Gainesville offered still matter the most. In each of his five decades as a recording artist, Petty has charted albums in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. His most recent recording with the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, entered at No. 1.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Petty is an artist whose approach to record making and the business itself has earned the respect of his peers, his predecessors, and the young musicians who regularly hold him as an exemplar. His collaborators have included Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jimmy Iovine, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Rick Rubin, and Del Shannon, among others. And while his solo recordings, including 1989's Full Moon Fever and 1994's Wildflowers, are frequently ranked among the most important of their respective eras, Petty has always returned to the job he's favored: fronting one of rock and roll's most celebrated bands and bringing them enough songs for the next album.

Repeatedly confronting the inequities of the artist's side of the industry, Petty has assumed a special place as a musician looking out for other musicians, and an artist who approaches every recording project as if it might be his best.

"Tom Petty is an icon whose incomparable artistry has provided inspiration to fans and musicians all over the world," said Patsavas. "To honor him with this tribute is so fitting, and we certainly look forward to an exciting and extraordinary evening."

The 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians. This year, for the first time, a limited number of VIP experience tables will be available for $75,000 that include: 10 seats, artist soundcheck, red carpet access, backstage access with a meet–and-greet, access to the pre-show auction, and a special VIP lounge. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

TONIGHT: First 2016 presidential debate details

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First presidential debate September 26, 2016
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Having secured more than 15 percent of support from the voting electorate, Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) will face off in the first presidential debate of 2016 at Hofstra University tonight starting at 9:00 P.M.,  EST.  Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News, a 35-year journalism veteran, will moderate the 90 minute debate. Holt selected three broad topics --"America's Direction," "Achieving Prosperity," and "Securing America,"-- that will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each.

Per rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, the moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Several polls show Clinton has a slight lead coming into the debates.
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